- NewsWorks reviews the aspirations of the Manayunk Development Corporation in the few years ahead. Schuylkill Project director Kay Sykora has stressed that the patchwork collection of trails converging on the Lower Northwest is the catalyst for the many projects now or soon to be underway, including: work on the storm water management of the Venice Island (which Sykora believes “will change the whole context of the canal”), six housing developments along the Main Street corridor, and the “signature project,” the retrofitting of the Manayunk Bridge as a trail and recreation center.
- Plan Philly reports that “the search is on for engineers and designers to figure out how to redevelop Penn’s Landing and connect it to the city—largely with an eight-acre park that would fully cover I-95 and Columbus Boulevard between Walnut and Chestnut streets, as well as slope down to the water.”
- The City has stepped up surveillance at a car scrap yard in South Philadelphia after years of noise complaints from local residents. While many residents have found themselves terrified at 3AM, the 35-year-old facility predates the area’s residential development. The comment section of philly.com affords little sympathy.
- After years in limbo, Naked Philly anticipates this winter’s opening of the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center, one of the nation’s “fusion centers” where various agencies may streamline counterterrorism efforts under one roof.
- The excavation for the next building of the Cira Center complex—a residential tower of 36 stories—has begun at 30th & Chestnut Streets.
About the author
Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.
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